14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns tour builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Cairns is 18 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are much warmer (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Melbourne by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Melbourne is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

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Sydney

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.